Welcome to the 

John T. Baker Middle School Media Center


Bridget Friedman - Media Specialist Bridget_K_Friedman@mcpsmd.org

Iesha Bowens - Media Assistant Iesha_N_Bowens@mcpsmd.org 


This user-centered environment provides unlimited access to print and digital resources, a responsive staff, and physical and online gathering spaces to help each person achieve their academic and personal goals and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning.

Our Media Center

Join us in the Media Center!  We have tons of books, ebooks, audiobooks and resources to share with you.  We also host book clubs, lunchtime activities and games, and special programs.  Don't forget about Book Wars and the Black-Eyed Susan Book Award program!  

Online Resources

NOTE: Students MUST be logged into CHROME in order to access these resources

Recent Events

Check out the recent events in our library with the newsletters below!  

Q1 Baker Book Spot

Q2 Baker Book Spot

Check these out! 

Many new titles have just arrived!!  Visit the Media Center library catalog and check them out! 

Book Wars - A Book Trivia Contest for MCPS Middle Schools

Join the Baker Book Wars Club!  We are the DISTRICT WINNERS of 2023 and welcome all students interested in reading!  Our 2023-2024 Book List is filled with lots of fun and exciting titles.  Look for more information about our lunchtime club in October!

Black-Eyed Susan Book Award Program

Join more than 80,000 Maryland students as they read and vote for their favorite nominated book.  Here is the complete list of nominees.

Students must read a minimum of 3 Black Eyed Susan books in one of the three categories (grades 6-9 chapter books, graphic novels or high school challenge reads) to earn a certificate and to vote for their favorite. Students who meet the requirements will be invited to a voting celebration in April.

For more details and to enter our reading club, go this website.

Common Sense Media - Check This Out!

Common Sense Media empowers parents, teachers, and students by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology. Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

Have a question? Not sure where to begin? Ask a librarian! We are ready to help! 

In School Hours

Before School

We are open Monday-Friday from 7:50-8:10 AM.

Any student visiting the media center after 8:10 AM must have a pass from their teacher.

During School

Students may come to the media center with a pass from a teacher.


On select days students may eat lunch in the media center. Get a pass from the Security Guards in the cafeteria and come to the media center for the lunch period. Some days passes are not available to students because of media center or school activities.

After School

The media center hosts many after school clubs throughout the school year. Students may also visit the library quickly to check-out or return any books prior to their bus leaving. 

Damascus Public Library

Head to the Damascus Public Library any Wednesday during the school from 3:30-5:30 pm for fun games and crafts!